A number of famous UFO case have been adapted and dramatized for TV shows and movies down the years. Some good, and some,not so good.
Please feel free to add any of your own, and your opinions of them. Hopefully we can get a discussion going of which are the best and probably worst
ones out there. We might also find one or two we've never heard of.
Here’s a few to get started.
Let's start with the mother of all UFO conspiracy stories -
Roswell : (aka Roswell The UFO cover-up)
Starring Kyle Maclachlan fresh from Twin Peaks as Major Jesse Marcel , Dwight Yoakam as the rancher Mac Brazel and Martin Sheen as a mysterious
character in little more than a cameo role.
It is based largely around the book “UFO Crash at Roswell” by Kevin Randle and Don Schmitt and covers all the Roswell lore. From the supposed UFO
crash on the Foster Ranch, the discovery of alien bodies, and of course the memory metal shown to Jesse Marcel Jr.
We are also treated to the reason why James Forrestal (then’ US Secretary of Defense’) had a nervous breakdown. The scenes involving organising
and implementing the ‘alien’ cover-up are most fascinating.
Some of the fabricated dramatization is based around a re-union of the 509th Bomber group in the late 1970s. This is used as a vehicle to tell the
story from Jesse Marcel’s point of view and get to the truth of what happened 30 years previously in the New Mexico desert. Flashbacks to 1947 are
then used to give us the story of what ‘may’ have occurred in Roswell.
I haven’t watched this for a while but it’s one of the better UFO adaptations I’ve seen and along with the reconstruction shown on “Unsolved
Mysteries” is probably the most entertaining Roswell 'made for TV movie' out there.
Fire in the Sky
Another 1990s movie. This time it takes the 1975 Travis Walton close encounter story and presents it at as both a police investigation and a UFO
abuction tale. D.B Sweeney plays the role of Travis Walton and Terminator 2 and X-Files star Robert Patrick plays Mike Rogers. James Garner is the
detective convinced the crew are lying to him about a spaceship beaming Walton aboard.
Probably one of the best dramatizations of a UFO story I’ve seen. It concentrates on the people involved and weaves in a murder mystery with the
events surrounding Walton’s disappearance. Even people who have no interest in UFOs would find this an intriguing watch.
The UFO Incident
This is a 1975 TV movie of the alleged alien abduction of Betty & Barney Hill in 1961. Adapted from John G. Fuller's 1966 book "The Interrupted
Journey" it stars James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons as the Hills.
However it’s a long time since I saw this back in the 1970s and I was very young back then. So I will have to watch it all over again.
It doesn’t seem to be available on DVD. But hey, guess what I found on Youtube? Whilst it lasts!
Based on Whitley Strieber’s book of the same name. Starring the always slightly creepy Christopher Walken as the author. Which makes the aliens only
slightly more disturbing!
Strieber takes a trip to his holiday home in a forest with family and friends. There some weird events occur involving strange creatures. Streiber
then struggles for an explanation and worries about his sanity.
Not a film I cared for much back in the day and I am not tempted to try viewing it again. Others may beg to differ.
The Rendlesham UFO Incident
This is a recent straight to DVD release that I’ve not seen yet. Although I think it’s only vaguely related to the 1980 Rendlesham Incident.
It’s based around a sort of ‘Blair Witch’ , shaky camera, found footage premise (which is a bit of a tired format now in my opinion).
Anyway the plot seems to revolve around a small group with a camera and metal detectors who visit Rendlesham Forest. They search for for old treasure
and aliens. Their car is stolen and then, stuck in the Suffolk woods, some strange things start to happen.
The Phoenix Incident
Another found footage faux documentary style drama based loosely around the Phoenix Lights of 1997. Again not seen this one. But it’s got both good
and bad reviews......
Please add your own comments on these or anything else out there based on real UFO incidents?
Glenn Ford stars as an American Air Force Colonel Pete Moore, investigating the mysterious disappearance of two jets while pursuing a reported UFO,in
a made for television movie.
All eyes are on Flight 412 as it sets off to test a new radar system. At first the mission goes well as Capt. Roy Bishop (David Soul) and his crew
start their hazardous journey. However when three unidentified blips appear on the screen, two Marine interceptors take off to follow them, and soon
disappear. It is the start of a strange chain of events, which results in an unknown agency taking command of Flight 412.
Despite being given orders from the top to ignore the incident, Col. Moore is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Edited down from DVD box. Also stars Bradford Dillman and Dean Stockwell.
Not a fantastic movie but I think its a classic. Not much UFO "action" but the cover up of events is the interesting part.
The Rendlesham Forest Incident was not my cup of tea. One of the guys doing the "found" filming tells his friends the original story as they go. Other
than that, its just annoying twenty somethings getting lost and arguing over the girl...or something... 3 out of 10 for at least talking about RFI.
Communion is OK if you are on heavy medication and I am very proud to say I have never seen ET.
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**In the style of Jack Webb (Executive Producer), stories were taken from the USAF's "Project Bluebook" files and dramatized. The producer of the
program, Col. William T. Coleman, USAF (Ret.) was the former head of "Project Bluebook". **
"On April 17, 1897 when, according to locals, a UFO crashed on a farm near Aurora, Texas. The incident (similar to the more famous Roswell UFO
incident 50 years later) is claimed to have resulted in a fatality from the crash and the alleged alien body is to have been buried in an unmarked
grave at the local cemetery."
I quite liked The Fourth Kind although it didn't really live up to expectations (do any of them?), it did include lots of elements from many different
The owl thing was quite spooky.
I've seen two films that were both just called Alien Abduction and both very very bad. Typical found footage movies full of low budget cliches and bad
acting. Avoid anything with that title if I you don't want to regret wasting an hour and a half.
Talking of found footage and slightly off "theme" but I really enjoyed The Dyatlov Pass Incident. Its mostly a pretty typical teen movie where a group
try to document the final journey of another, now infamous, group.
If you can stand the first part, it suddenly changes tack and without spoiling it, ends up with a mystery within a mystery involving the Philadelphia
experiment and all sorts of crazy, mindwarp type fun.
Don't shoot me if you didn't like it but movies based on true stories are very rarely realistic so if you're going to wander from the script, you may
as well wander a few miles.
I've watched it a few times and that says a lot. I get a bit OCD about collecting stuff and a lot of DVDs just get stored after I've watched them
once. Give it a chance if you want to turn off your brain and enjoy some oddness.
I wasn't going to mention Ant n Dec but they had to show up sooner or later.
That film was actually quite funny and something gives me a feeling that it is closer to the real story than any of the others!
It has to be said that I was convinced I was going to hate it. It surprised me a lot and could've been much much worse.
I had to go and check in a dark, dusty old wing of the castle and under the cobwebs there is still a vhs copy of Roswell.
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